Flight Attendants Give Their Inside Tips

Author: , June 6th, 2012

Gay Travel: Flight Attendants Give Their Inside TopsNext time you land at LAX with a couple of hours to kill before a transfer, jump on the courtesy shuttle to the Parking Spot garage on Sepulveda Boulevard. When you get out at the lot less than ten minutes later, you’ll be right next door to an In-N-Out Burger (9149 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Tel: 800-786-1000. www.in-n-out.com). Order up a sloppy-delicious Animal Style burger, then head across the street to the small green patch of public park. You’ll likely find a smattering of dreamy-eyed flight attendants, sprawled out on their backs staring skyward at the thunderous spectacle of massive international jetliners in rapid descent to the runways.

“I love that place,” says Travis Bose, 36, a US Airways crew member. “Since I was a child, I’ve just been fascinated with airplanes and travel. I’ve been flying for 13 years now,” he says, “and I still enjoy my job almost all the time.”

According the the US Department of Labor, there are approximately 100,000 flight attendants employed by airlines in the United States, and more than a few of them are gay. With starting salaries hovering around $18,000 and median annual wages of $35,930, many GLBT cabin crew members have knowingly chosen jobs with lower income potential than they might make through other employment. Passport recently chatted with a handful of veteran gay and lesbian flight attendants to find out what makes them tick. We also asked them to share some tips on making the most of short layovers on domestic itineraries.

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Ryan Air Tells Flight Attendants to Watch Weight to Save Fuel Costs

Author: , April 11th, 2012

RyanairRyanair sure knows how to keep their names in the headlines. The low-budget, European carrier is always looking for ways to cut costs, even if it’s at the sake of its customers. In addition to printing its in-flight magazine on thinner paper (and doubling it as a menu) and limiting the amount of ice on board, the airline is expected to save a bundle on fuel costs.

Probably the airline’s most absurd announcement comes from spokesman Stephen McNamara that told The Telegraph: “We encourage staff to watch their weight—with the motivation of appearing in the annual Ryanair calendar.” This will also help save the airline money.

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Thailand: Airline Hires Transgender Flight Attendants

Author: , December 22nd, 2011

With how difficult it is for the transgendered population to find employment its refresing to see that a company like Thailand’s P.C. Airlines has transformed their policy to hire transgender flight attendants.

Recently 4 transgender flight attendants worked a flight from Bangkok which was publicized by the airline. The airline took the publicity to the next step by introducing a commercial where a young boy transforms into a beautiful woman…watch the video below.

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Southwest Flight Attendants May File Official Complaint Over Pilot’s Gay Slurs

Author: , June 25th, 2011

Southwest Airlines ComplaintMembers of a union representing 9,400 Southwest Airlines flight attendants say they are angered and disappointed by the remarks made by a pilot who used homophobic, misogynistic, and ageist terms to refer to members of his flight crew.

TWU Local 556 president Thom McDaniel said Tuesday that the airline’s management did not do enough to punish the pilot whose words were broadcast to several other pilots and air traffic control operators. He added that the union is consulting with attorneys to decide whether a complaint will be filed against Southwest to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Thailand Airline Allows Transgender Flight Attendants

Author: , January 30th, 2011

Transgender Flight AttendantsIt’s one small step for a transsexual, but one giant leap for alternative sexuality-kind. Thailand’s PC Air (yeah, we’ve never heard of them either), has begun openly recruiting for transsexual flight attendants, hiring a former beauty pageant queen as one of their first “third sex” trolly dollies.

This comes at a time when US Passport forms have finally caught on to gay parenting by removing gender specifications and airlines are actively filling their flights–bringing on special performers or having a gay marriage in flight–with travelers paying with the “pink dollar.” Just don’t get us started on that term, one now being used by the travel industry to refer to the spending power of gay travelers. It’s all money! Ah, but we digress.

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